Saturday, December 8, 2018

12 Giveaways of Christmas

Hello Friends, Family, and Followers,

So this year I'm doing a 12 Days of Giveaways with eleven other authors. This is a head's up post so you can set your reminders to check out my blog every day starting on December 14th through the 25th. Or if you sign up for my newsletter, you will also receive an email with each giveaway for that day.

These books will be free on Amazon for one day only, so make sure you check out the blog posts for each day.

Happy reading and Merry Christmas!!!




Wednesday, December 5, 2018

As Time Goes By

Yes, here we are again, several months later...again.

I thought it would be good to post with my latest recommendation for reading. This is a fantasy series of five books. The first is only $0.99 on Amazon and the rest of the series are on Kindle Unlimited.

The Glass Gargoyle by Marie Andreas

Archeologist Taryn St. Giles has spent her life mining the ruins of the elves who vanished from the Four Kingdoms a thousand years ago. But when her patrons begin disappearing too—and then turning up dead—she finds herself unemployed, restless, and desperate. So she goes looking for other missing things: as a bounty hunter.  
Tracking her first fugitive—the distractingly handsome and strangely charming Alric—she unearths a dangerous underworld of warring crime lords, demonic squirrels, and a long-lost elven artifact capable of unleashing a hell on earth.
Chased, robbed, kidnapped, and distressingly low on rent money, Taryn just wants one quiet beer and to catch her fugitive. But there’s more to Alric than his wicked grin—is he a wanted man or the city’s only hope? With menacing mages in pursuit and her three alcoholic faery sidekicks always in her hair, Taryn’s curiosity might finally solve the mystery of the elves… or be the death of her and destroy her world.

The Obsidian Chimera

After the destruction caused by the discovery of the glass gargoyle, the last thing archeologist Taryn St. Giles needs is another elven artifact capable of obliterating the world. But her eccentric new patroness seems hell bent on finding exactly that. An unholy companion piece to the glass gargoyle, the obsidian chimera may be far worse, and it may be more than just an artifact. It also could prove deadly to anyone who finds it.

Struggling to unearth the connection between her overzealous patroness, an outbreak of zombie trolls, and an infestation of flying snakes, Taryn also stumbles upon proof that the elves are still alive. She’ll need all the help she can get from old friends and an old adversary who might be more than a friend, because the elves have changed in the thousand years they’ve been missing. Unfortunately, their murderous spells are not a thing of myth. They want the obsidian chimera back. And they won’t let anything, or anyone, stop them from reclaiming it—and the rest of Taryn’s world.

 The Emerald Dragon

After surviving two previous encounters with ancient relics of mayhem and destruction plus saving her friends and her whole damn city, archaeologist Taryn St. Giles thinks she deserves a beer and a break.

Then her world starts to tear itself apart, literally.

Earthquakes are unheard of in quiet, sleepy Beccia, but sadly, doomsdays are not, and Taryn is getting uncomfortably familiar with both when she discovers the existence of more pieces of the dangerous relics. With old friends and even older enemies -- and friends who might be enemies after all -- Taryn races against bloodthirsty relic hunters and nightmarish monsters to find a legendary creature carved from a single, giant gemstone. 

The upheaval rattles her team, tears apart her city, and unleashes a creature that should have stayed dead and buried. And that wants Taryn's blood. Now she'll unearth her biggest adventure yet.

Assuming she survives...

The Sapphire Manticore

Taryn St. Giles thought she knew all about elves. She dreamed of the long vanished elves as a child and has spent the past fifteen years digging through their abandoned ruins in Beccia. Six months ago, Taryn found out everything she thought she knew about the elves was wrong.

Two weeks ago she found out how very wrong she’d been.

Taryn and Alric have been captured to answer for crimes against a long lost people. Crimes that could bring down an entire kingdom and revolve around a small, glass gargoyle. Part of a weapon that destroyed an extremely powerful race, now only known as the Ancients, it, and its fellow pieces are deadly to any who have them. Knowledge of the relics found by Taryn and Alric have spread far. Dangerous bands of long dead creatures, ghosts, and nightmares out of myths are waking up and hunting for the relics. And Taryn.

The Golden Basilisk

A long-lost elven kingdom, body-swapping ghosts, walking weapons of mass destruction... Archaeologist and part-time bounty hunter Taryn St. Giles has had a Very. Bad. Year. Ever since she and her trio of singing, drunken faeries started digging into the mysteries of a certain handsome elven lord, she's been up to her nose in explosions, slavering monsters, and assorted other dangers. Now Taryn and Alric, their friends and more than a few enemies are racing across the desert to find the last pieces of a lethal relic so they can save their world and finally share a quiet pint of beer.

But some secrets are buried deeper than a millennia, and this time, Taryn might not escape unscathed. Actually, she might not even be Taryn anymore...


So, I have really been enjoying this series. I'm just starting the fifth and final book of the series today. I like Taryn's spunk and how full and interesting all the supporting characters are. If you like fantasy and are willing to explore a new world, this is a great series to dive into. I have devoured the last four books in the series since I signed up for Kindle Unlimited.

I do want to give a warning. There is mild swearing (No F-bombs!!! I don't tolerate those) and some mild suggestive language. So this may not be appropriate for younger audiences. I would probably rate it between a PG and a mild PG-13. There is violence, but not in gory detail.

Enjoy!!!





Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Storm Fans

I know it's been a while since I've posted. This summer has been busy. Waaaaaaay too busy for my liking. I always get determined to write more often on my blog and then suddenly life sets in and my goals fly out the window like Harry Potter's broomstick.

Recently I received an email from a friend that made my day. This friend has read Storm series books 1 and 2 and loved them, but not only that, she gave copies to her grandkids and they loved them too. It was awesome to hear that I have some new fans.


Whenever I receive notes like this, or reviews on Amazon, or comments to newsletters it makes me so happy that I have this gift of storytelling and that I am able to share it with the world. World seems like a big goal and my audience isn't quite worldwide yet, but I hope that someday I can touch lives all around the world. My writing has blessed me in so many ways and pictures like this are better than making a best seller list.

Thank you to all my fans who have stuck with me through the thick and thin and who wait anxiously for the next book to come out.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Signing at the Tremonton City Library

Book Signing!!!!

Join me on June 4th, 2018 from 5-7PM 
at the 
Tremonton City Library 

I will be there with all my books an lots of pens for signing.








Saturday, April 21, 2018

Storm Series Book 2 Coming!!!

Here's the cover:


Friday, April 20, 2018

Seasons

So I've noticed on social media there are a lot of complaints about the weather this spring . . . or is it third winter? Anyway, I thought I'd put in my two cents, since that is what a blog is all about and of course the winter of my procrastination is finally ending.

Aren't the seasons amazing. We get to watch the world around us course through the cycle of life.

Spring is a time of rebirth. The flowers bud, pollen fills the air (and my lungs), tulips and daffodils grace us with their cheerful presence, and the sun peeks out once in a while (amidst the rain showers of Portland, OR).

Summer is the glory of youth and the beauty of young adulthood all rolled in one. We have the sunshiny days that make us want to get out into nature and enjoy the beauty all around us. The leaves on the trees are brilliant shades of green that produce the very air we breathe. Life seems better in the summer. Fuller. Happier.

Autumn is my favorite season. The leaves begin to change, but they still wow us with their glorious colors and the air is crisper. I always feel like fall has this golden glow to it that hangs in the very air, like that last bite of pumpkin pie that rests on your tongue long after you've eaten it. Fall is busy, with school starting, the beginning of the holiday season, and the promise of Christmas. It's also the beginning of the end of the cycle.

Winter becomes the death of the natural phenomena. There is
beauty in seeing a world covered in white like a burial shroud. I love to see the sparkles in the snow as the sun glimmers on the frozen fractals. The cold makes us hurry inside to grasp warm cups of cocoa and sit by the fire (or curled up in a heating blanket). Things can seem a bit bleak in the winter (especially when it doesn't seem to want to end, like this year), but there is the beauty and hope in the world as we see the evergreen trees pointing always heavenward. Winter also brings Christmas and the true reason we retain our hope.

The world is a fantastic place and I'm grateful to be a part of it.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Merry Happy December

Let the season of joy and the spirit of giving spread all around.

It's good to remember the reason for the Christmas season and to focus on not just his birth but his life and everything it represents.

I'm so thankful for everything I have, especially the gift and talent of writing that my Heavenly Father has blessed me with.


Merry Christmas!!!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Up For a Little Romance?

I had the opportunity to read another sweet, clean romance by Author Anne-Marie Meyer.

Can a billionaire and a journalist find love in the Alaskan wilderness?

Journalist, Madeline Abernathy, is desperate to finally be taken seriously by her boss. When he calls her in on a Saturday night, she’s hopelessly optimistic that this is her big break. That is, until she finds herself face to face with Liam, the billionaire party boy, who’s been dominating the newsstands all month. Now she finds herself committed to writing a puff piece on him which is the last thing she wanted to do. 

Liam Davenport just wanted to live a quiet life roaming around the world. When his father dies, leaving him CEO of Davenport Outdoors, he is forced to trade in his hiking boots for tailored suits. When criminal activity involving his late father comes to light, his PR director thinks it’s best to hire a journalist to document the good they are doing. Too bad Madeline acts as if she already knows everything about him and refuses to do any research.  

Just when Liam and Madeline determine that they can’t stand each other, a flock of birds take out both engines of Liam’s private plane, forcing him to land in the Alaskan mountains. Stranded, both must decide to either put down their pride and survive together, or keep their prejudices and struggle alone. 

This was a delightful little romance. It's short enough to read in one sitting, and interesting enough to keep your attention. The story is woven full of exciting events that almost make me want to be stuck in the Alaskan wilderness with a handsome billionaire to guide me out.

I liked how the characters both had their personal flaws as well as their prejudices against the other. They each have a negative opinion of reporters and billionaires. It was refreshing to see how the events changed their perspective, but not just the things that occurred but the heartfelt conversations they had.

I do wish we'd learned more about Liam and his personal struggles with his father and his background. We learned a lot about Madeline, but not so much about Liam.

Overall it was a great read that gave my morning a cozy feel. Check it out here.

For more of Anne-Marie Meyer's Clean, Billionaire romances check out her Amazon page.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Yummy snacks from my Book Launch party!!!

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Almond Roca

So simple and delicious, but it can be a little tricky. Please read all of the comments and tips before attempting your first batch! We've been making this recipes for years for the holidays and we love it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted almonds, divided
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 4 bars of chocolate (such as Hershey's Bars)

Directions

1.  Butter a 7x11-inch pan (or 9x12 for slightly thinner roca). Sprinkle 1 cup of toasted almonds on bottom of the pan. 

2  In heavy saucepan at medium-high heat melt butter and add brown sugar. Stir until gently boiling. Reduce heat to medium or medium-low and boil 12 minutes exactly, stirring constantly. *Edited to add* I made mine without a candy thermometer with success, but since some readers have noted having trouble with this recipe- you might wish to stick and instant read thermometer in there just to make sure it's about the right temperature. Pull it off the heat when it has reached the hard-crack stage (300 degrees F)- or when the mixture starts to separate (the oil starts to separate from the sugar). If it gets higher than 320, it will not remain solid.

3. Remove the mixture from heat, give it a good stir to mix up that butter and sugar one more time, and immediately pour hot mixture into pan over almonds. (see *Tips below) Place chocolate bars on top. Let them sit a minute or so until melted, then spread chocolate around carefully. Sprinkle with remaining toasted almonds and gently press them into the chocolate..

4.  Cool completely, and then break apart into chunks with sharp knife. Store in covered container

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Online Launch Party This Weekend!!!

Just one more reminder for the online launch party for Storm Child.
Join us on Facebook from 7-9pm MST for a chance to win some awesome prizes and spend some time chatting with me about Storm Child.

Click here for more information.